DThe easiest way to tell if you need new wiper blades is to simply gauge their effectiveness when being used. Ask yourself:
- Are the wipers leaving the windshield just as wet and/or dirty as it started?
- Is there some film/grime left over after each pass of the blades?
- When it’s raining or snowing and your wipers are in use, do you find yourself needing to watch the road through one tiny spot of windshield that’s been successfully cleared?
If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, it’s time for new blades.
How to Buy Windshield Wipers
The large majority of cars on the road use what’s called a hook-type wiper blade. This is a reference to how the blade attaches to the wiper arm. There are various styles of blades. Many windshield wipers now adapt to whatever type of connection you have, be it a hook-type, pin-type, or other style.
If you want to purchase online, Amazon lets you enter in your vehicle information and will show what blades are compatible with your current one.
If you want to buy your blades in store, you’ll likely be a little overwhelmed by all the choices. You’ll find blades ranging from $20+ to under $10. How do you know what to go with? Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we advise that you don’t purchase the most expensive or the cheapest windshield wipers, but should choose something that is priced in the middle.
How to Change Your Windshield Wipers
1. Remove new blades from packaging and have them ready: The wiper arm is metal, and when you remove the old blade, it’s best to have the new one ready, so you can immediately replace it.
2. Locate the release tab: Lift the wiper, turn the blade perpendicular to the arm, and locate the release tab. (fix the spacing between 2 & 3)
3. Press the tab and pull the blade down: Your instinct might be to yank up on the wiper blade arm, but don’t do that. You won’t damage anything; it just won’t get your blade off.
4. Pull off the blade: Turn the blade parallel to the arm and pull it off. It’s that easy!
5. Repeat this process: Do everything again, but in reverse to install the new blade. Start parallel to the arm, thread it into the slot, then turn it perpendicular and pull it slightly up to lock it in place. To confirm the blade is properly installed, you should hear some sort of audible click, or at least feel that it’s snapped in.
6. Test it out: Give your windshield a squirt of wiper fluid and test out the new blades.
Think this DIY project is above your skillset? No problem, any auto parts store will help install windshield wipers, or even do it for you.Interested in upgrading your vehicle altogether? Come and experience the Dallas Lease Returns difference today. We specialize in gently used luxury vehicles and have an indoor facility. To browse our inventory today, click here!